EPA Retract Ruling: Converting Road Cars to Race Cars

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that they would remove any indication that they previously put in place for banning the modification of certified emissions equipment on road vehicles that were converted into race cars.

The big fear was that the ruling may have stopped many people in the motor industry converting road vehicles into modified cars. However, the ruling was never intended to do this, but to stop companies selling products that deliberately disable pollution controls for vehicles on public highways.
“The proposed language in the July 2015 proposal was never intended to represent any change in the law or in EPA’s policies or practices towards dedicated competition vehicles. Since our attempt to clarify led to confusion, EPA has decided to eliminate the proposed language from the final rule.”

The initial clause in the 600 page ruling would have affected medium and heavy duty vehicle emission rules that would outlaw the conversion of emissions certified vehicles converted to race cars. this obviously would have affected many areas in the auto industry with a knock-on effects to the economy.
Luckily, the weight of such organizations as SEMA helped to turn around things.

On April 12, 2016, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (KY), and Rep. Richard Hudson (NC) submitted a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, stating, “In the 46 years since the enactment of the 1970 Clean Air Act, EPA took no enforcement action with regard to EPA-certified vehicles modified solely for racing, and it was widely accepted that these vehicles were exempted from statue’s anti-tampering provisions.”

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